Parveen Rehman murder case: Four accused in custody, SC told

ISLAMABAD –  Karachi police on Saturday informed the Supreme Court that the principal accused involved in the murder of social activist Parveen Rehman have been arrested and the case was pending before an anti-terrorism court in Karachi.

Rehman, a social activist and director of the Orangi Pilot Project Research and Training Institute, was murdered on March 13, 2013.

Karachi West Zone Deputy Inspector General Police Zulfiqar Ali Larik filed the progress report of the murder case in the Supreme Court. The report said that the principal accused — Rahim Sawati, Muhammad Amjad Hussain Khan and Ahmed Khan alias Papoo Kashmiri and Muhammad Imran — have been arrested and the case was pending in the TAC Karachi.

The report said that a special investigating team under the supervision of SP investigation, West Zone, has been constituted to ensure the arrest of the remaining absconding accused. According to the SP investigation, Amjad Hussain Khan alias Amjad Afridi, during the investigation, confessed to the crime.

The report said that on the request of SP investigation-I, the Sindh government home department constituted a Joint Interrogation Team (JIT) on 27 October. The JIT interrogated Amjad and he had confessed to the killing Rehman and providing assistance to accused Rahim Sawati and others.

The report said that out of 26 witnesses, 13 have been examined. The remaining witnesses will be produced before the trial court at the next date of hearing.

According to the report, the details about Ayaz Swati, another accused, were obtained from NADRA which showed he was living in West Karachi. When the police went to the address given on his CNIC the police were informed that Ayaz Swati was in Muscat.

The ATC initiated proceedings against Ayaz Swati and his red-warrants had been issued and his name will be placed on the exit control list shortly. The police said that all available sources were being utilized for the arrest of the fugitive and hopefully he will be arrested soon, the report said.

The report said that SHO Manghopir Karachi had ruled out providing any kind of support to any accused as a result of the encounter in which Qari Bilal was killed. The police had provided necessary security to the staff of the Orangi Pilot Project, the report said.

 

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